February 22, 2011

Plant 10,000 Trees—free.

Well, only one can be planted in your name. But it is free.

A few clicks on the keyboard and you’ve got yourself a tropical tree. Just enter your name and email address at Plant10000Trees.com and it will be planted on your behalf in a protected area of the Brazil rainforest that desperately needs new trees.

A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.  ~Alexander Smith

The fact that 2011 has been declared The International Year of Forests by the United Nations makes your participation even more meaningful.

Look who’s already planted a tree with Plant 10,000 Trees!

Be next…you could win something!

When you plant a tree with Plant 10,000 Trees,  you’ll automatically be entered in a contest for a chance to win natural products from companies like Kiehls, myEARTH360, Rare Elements and others that support the campaign.

The rainforests win either way. Your participation will help to rebuild vast areas of the Atlantic Forest that have been destroyed through logging, oil drilling, and deforestation. 10,000 trees amount to over a million square feet of healthy new rainforest!

After you’ve planted your tree, please spread the word to help reach the goal of 10,000 trees. Tweet it, share on your facebook page, blog about it.

Rainforest facts:

  • Once upon a time, 14% of earth’s surface was covered in rainforests.
  • Today, a mere 6% of the earth’s land surface is covered in rainforests.
  • In Brazil alone, one and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second!
  • 2.47 acres of rainforest may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of plants, yet we’re losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year!
  • 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients.
  • Less than 1% of rain forest trees and plants have been tested by scientists–the cure for cancer could be waiting to be discovered.
  • Some scientists call the rain forests the “lungs of the earth.”
  • One tree can remove 50 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year!
  • More about Plant 10,000 Trees.

    Rain Tees and Living Green Magazine have partnered together, hoping to create change and inspire others to do more than read or be part of the deforestation statistics. With your entry into the Plant 10,000 Trees contest, you will instantly plant a tree in the Atlantic Forest region through the Trees for the Future organization and help restore the phenomenal ecosystem that is slipping away from us every second. With every entry, together we can plant 10,000 trees (or more!) and create our own change!

    About Trees for the Future.

    Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and country programs, they have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.

    According to Trees for the Future, planting trees is a lot more difficult than one might think. When the rain forest canopy has disappeared, land has been eroded, and the global climate and growing conditions continue to change as they do. The combined efforts of researchers, volunteers, and leaders across the globe involved in Trees for the Future seek to educate and assist areas in dire need of rehabilitation by teaching communities how to rebuild their livelihoods through sustainable and effective methods of planting trees.

    Through agroforesty–the integration of agriculture, trees, people, and animals in the same space–Trees for the Future promotes improved soil quality, higher agricultural yields, and improved standards of living for everyone. Each planting technique is tailored specifically to the needs of each community and the strategies they employ ensure that everyone benefits, including the rainforests!

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